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In Their Own Words

March 09, 1864

Civil War Soldier Contemplated Leaving Army

A Georgia soldier stationed in Tennessee wrote to his wife that he was so miserable since returning from a furlough that he was contemplating desertion (although he did not use that word). He did not follow through on this thought.

“…these lines leave me not very well. I have got a very bad cold & I have the tooth & jaw ache three days. My Dear be not uneasy about me for I have not felt much like eating in two or three days an me an Pool has commenced our way to get of from here. I think we will soon be able to get away from hear we are both trying get of together. My Dear this is nearly a month since I left you an I am very uneasy about you an the children. …”

Source: Katherine S. Holland (ed.), Keep All My Letters: The Civil War Letters of Richard Henry Brooks, 51st Georgia Infantry (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003), p. 114.